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Linda Thomas

No street for Ken Griffey Jr.

The person behind an effort to get a street near Safeco Field renamed after former Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. says he's dropping the ball. Instead, he'll try to get a street's name changed in honor of broadcast legend Dave Niehaus.

It wasn't that long ago, in June, when Griffey announced his retirement from playing baseball and disappeared from Seattle. A day later, fans started an effort to rename a section of 1st Avenue in front of Safeco "Ken Griffey Jr. Way."

"Being a kid from a very small town in New Jersey and coming to a large city like Seattle, my first Mariner's game is something I'll never forget," fan Glen Garnett said back then. "We should retire his number, have a ticker tape parade for him."

Now Garnett is retiring the plan to rename a street after Junior. It's an effort he couldn't hit out of the park because businesses resisted the name change, and Griffey reportedly didn't like the "Way" part of the street anyway, preferring "Drive" instead.

Griffey

So no "drive," and no "way" for Griffey.

Garnett tells me now they'll work to have Occidental Avenue next to the parking garage renamed after the late Dave Niehaus. The Seattle City Council will discuss the idea after the first of the year.

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